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  • IT News Africa: Nigeria: Multiple firms show interest in Nitel
    25 Jul 2014 - 22 companies originally showed interest in the telecommunication giant. (Image Source: megatronfederal.com) Nigerian Telecommunication Limited (NITEL) and Mobile Telecommunications Ltd (MTEL) have attracted as many as 17 bidders who are attracted to their core assets...
  • HumanIPO: Lamudi launches iOS app in 9 new African countries
    25 Jul 2014 - The app, “Lamudi: Real Estate for Sale and Rent”, is now available on iOS devices in 16 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. “The launch of Lamudi’s Android app last month was a great success. We saw huge demand from our customers in Africa, so we decided...
  • HumanIPO: Kenyans to use Visa cards at Total service stations
    25 Jul 2014 - Shell, Oilybia, Engen and some Kenol Kobil service stations also accept Visa payments. Jabu Basopo, country manager for Visa in Southern and East Africa, said thanks to the ongoing installation of Point of Sale (POS) devices at Total service stations motorists can now...
  • TechMoran: Amazon will most likely keep mum about Fire Phone
    24 Jul 2014 - E-commerce giant Amazon is expected to release its earnings on July 24, 2014, with many enthusiasts waiting to hear whether Fire Phone is actually selling. The company is rumored as likely to realize a loss for the second quarter of this year partly because of its...
  • Moses Kemibaro: Angani Seeks To Debug The Myth That World-Class Local Cloud Services Are Not Possible In Kenya
    24 Jul 2014 - Riyaz Bachani and Phares Kariuki, Co-founders of Angani I am something of a veteran when it comes to using cloud infrastructure on both local (read Kenyan-based) and international platforms. This runs the whole gamut of website hosting services, file storage,...
  • Kachwanya: Digital Government Is Unenable to Retrieve Their Hacked Twitter Accounts
    24 Jul 2014 - Mr.Normal User: Hey Mr. Security Expert, my twitter account has been hacked, what do I do? Mr. Security Expert: Change your password, disable all the third party apps you are using and then jienjoy Mr.Normal User: My email has been hacked too, so I can’t get the...
  • TechMoran: Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda witnesses first bunch of graduates
    24 Jul 2014 - Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Rwanda has graduated its first class of 22 students with master’s degrees in Information Technology. The graduation ceremony, which took place at the Serena Hotel in Kigali, highlighted CMU and Government of Rwanda’s commitment to...
  • TechMoran: Fanmode Raises $2.4M To Get Fans Closer To Them
    24 Jul 2014 - Fanmode, an application that allows sports fans to express their emotions with each other across the world in real time, has closed a seed round of $2.4 million led by a group of Swedish and South African angel investors. Founded in 2011 by Neven Murugan and Chriatian...
  • Moses Kemibaro: 6 Things Africa Will Miss About Nokia’s Symbian S40 Feature Phones
    24 Jul 2014 - Just last week it was announced that Microsoft intends to discontinue the production of all Nokia feature phones powered by the legacy Symbian S40 mobile OS in 18 months time. These are your basic Nokia mobile phones that proliferate Africa and have the same basic...
  • Moses Kemibaro: Speed Test: Zuku 8Mbps VS Faiba 5Mbps
    24 Jul 2014 - I recently had the opportunity to have two fiber to the home (FTTH) Internet connections. These are the Zuku 8Mbps Internet connection which I have had for over 2 years (and has subsequently been upgraded to 10Mbps for new customers) and a Jamii Telecom (JTL) Faiba...
  • TechMoran: Nigeria’s PrivateProperty.ng Lists Over 130,000 Properties
    24 Jul 2014 - Today, Nigeria’s Private Property said it has hit over 130,000 properties and 1.3 million enquiries since its inception in November 2011, bigger than any other property website in Nigeria. According toPrivateproperty Managing Director & Co-Owner, Oluwafemi Taiwo,”...
  • TechMoran: Hotels.ng Unveils Events Booking Platform
    24 Jul 2014 - Nigeria’s Hotels.ng, an online hotel booking with over 4000 hotels across all states in Nigeria has launched its Events product platform to allow people to provide 12 selected choice hotels close to any event that they are doing. According to Wumi Netufo, project...
  • HumanIPO: Infrastructural investment to drive mobile expansion in Ethiopia, DRC
    24 Jul 2014 - According to the company’s “Africa Mobile Communications Outlook on the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia”, the two markets earned revenues of US$1.78 billion in 2013, which is expected to reach US$3.27 billion by 2018. “While voice is still by far the...
  • HumanIPO: Twitter acknowledges lack of diversity in workforce
    24 Jul 2014 - Releasing diversity numbers has become commonplace among tech companies of late, with Facebook, Yahoo! and Google revealing their numbers in the past few months, all highlighting the need for transformation, with the majority of employees being White males. Twitter’s...
  • HumanIPO: Muthambi opposes DA challenge to Motsoeneng appointment
    24 Jul 2014 - HumanIPO reported earlier this month the DA would be taking legal action against Motsoeneng’s appointment, which occurred inspite of calls from numerous parties to have him suspended after findings by public protector Thuli Madonsela, who reported the COO had lied...
  • IT News Africa: Vodacom reveals 4.3 per cent revenue growth
    24 Jul 2014 - (Image Source: Darryl Linington) The Vodacom Group, who is part of the Vodafone Group, published its financial results and quarterly update for the period ended 30 June 2014. The report revealed a 4.3 per cent year-on-year growth in group revenues, reaching ZAR18.28...
  • IT News Africa: Ghana: Tigo & Kaymu partner for simple online transaction
    24 Jul 2014 - Under the agreement, both Tigo and non-Tigo customers can buy or sell their products on Kaymu.com.gh. Tigo Ghana and Kaymu have entered into a partnership in order to use Tigo Cash as a mode of payment for all online transactions at Kaymu.com.gh. Under the agreement,...
  • TechMoran: Google Africa Drums Up Support for Nigeria’s 440
    24 Jul 2014 - Google Africa is drumming up support for 440, the new startup accelarator founded by 88mph and L5Lab to inject between $20k-110k into startups in Nigeria for 10-25% equity. In a blog post, Elija Kitaka, Google Africa program manager said, “We are very excited to be...
  • TechMoran: Nairobi County Adopt e-Payment To Ease Payment of Rent & Parking
    24 Jul 2014 -   In a move to ease payment for services and streamline revenue collection, the Nairobi City Council Government, in partnership with JamboPay, has switched to e-payment for its range of services — such as matatu seasonal ticketing and rent for estates and market...
  • TechMoran: Kenyan motorists to Use Visa Cards in 120+ Total Service Stations
    24 Jul 2014 - Over 120 Total Service Stations across Kenya now accept Visa debit and credit cards, allowing for cashless payment of car fuel. Jabu Basopo, Country Manager for Visa in Southern and East Africa, stated that “thanks to the ongoing installation of Point of Sale (POS)...
  • IT News Africa: 34 celebs to feature in new Globacom campaign
    24 Jul 2014 - The theme is in essence based around the Glo network and the ability to communicate over voice, data and fixed lines. Globacom is set to launch a new campaign. The new campaign’s theme is titled “Go Ahead” and will feature 34 Nigerian celebrities. The theme is in...
  • TechMoran: OLX Kenya Social Media Awards 2014 open for aspirants
    24 Jul 2014 - Kenyans who have established online presence have an opportunity to be recognized for using social media positively to impact lives. This comes after the unveiling of ‘Call for Nominations’ for the 2nd Annual OLX Kenya Social Media Awards (SOMA) 2014. The Annual OLX...
  • IT News Africa: Etisalat launches smartphone insurance for UAE
    24 Jul 2014 - Etisalat (Image source: Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority) UAE telco, Etisalat has launched a 6-month and 12-month smartphone insurance plan. The insurance plan offers protection against theft as well as accidental damage. The plans, priced at AED120 ($32) for 6-months...
  • IT News Africa: MTN scoops two coveted awards
    24 Jul 2014 - In 2012 MTN was voted as the Most Valuable South African brand by Brand Finance. MTN has scooped two coveted awards for being voted the Strongest Brand and Most Valuable Brand in the 2014 Brand Finance Awards. The competition is comprised of the top 450 listed...
  • HumanIPO: Cell C cuts prepaid call rates to 50c
    24 Jul 2014 - HumanIPO reported in May Cell C cut its prepaid and contract rates to ZAR0.66 from ZAR0.99, with the operator calling itself the customers’ “champion”, while rivals MTN and Vodacom both introduced ZAR0.79 per minute rates. Cell C today announced rates are to be cut...
  • TechMoran: FirstBank and PayPal hailed for facilitating international payments in Nigeria
    24 Jul 2014 - Nigerian commercial bank FirstBank Nigeria has partnered with PayPal to allow its customers to register for a PayPal accounts from their FirstOnline, Internetbanking account. The PayPal account will enable Nigerians to shop online without having to share their...
  • HumanIPO: Verve cards to be accepted on PayPal
    24 Jul 2014 - According to Ezirim, PayPal cannot afford to leave out Verve cardholders in Nigeria. “Verve cards will soon be added – 18 million issued, 13 million are active and integration is happening in few months. FirstBank controls 35 per cent of issued Verve cards,” Ezirim...
  • HumanIPO: Vodacom reveals 4.3 per cent Q1 revenue growth
    24 Jul 2014 - While group revenues showed solid growth, the operator said growth was spurred in particular by its international operations with South African revenue growth less impressive and hampered significantly by mobile termination rate (MTR) cuts. With international consumer...
  • HumanIPO: Uganda moves to fight cybercrime
    24 Jul 2014 - The New Vision reports entities running critical IT systems will be required to create technical and administrative controls, such as usernames and passwords to access systems, and perform background checks during the recruitment of staff for critical IT jobs to avoid...
  • HumanIPO: UK’s DfID delivers e-learning to marginalised Kenyan girls
    24 Jul 2014 - Project iMlango is a first-of-its-kind e-learning partnership involving DfID, digital payments provider sQuid, global satellite operator Avanti Communications, online maths tutoring provider Whizz Education and technology NGO Camara Education. The integrated programme...

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